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Funding Priorities

Priority will be given to those projects that:

• Address one or more priority areas (arts; Hudson River Valley science, history and heritage; academics; physical education)

• Have the highest educational value 

• Deepen engagement with existing curriculum and facilitate mastery of curricular goals

• Extend and enliven the curriculum

• Can be readily implemented

• Include students across multiple grades and promote collaboration within the school community

• Promote collaboration between the school and community organizations

• Would not otherwise be supported by the Garrison Union Free School District Board of Education


Examples of potentially fundable programs include:

• Field trips 

• After-school programs 

• Special events and classes 

• Guest speakers 

• Artists in residence

• Equipment and materials



GCEF accepts grant submissions during two review periods: a fall program review cycle and a spring program review cycle.  The deadline to be considered for the fall cycle is June 15 and the deadline for the spring cycle is November 1. Grants are initially reviewed by the GCEF Vice President of Grants and then brought before the full board for a vote at the next monthly trustees meeting.  In order to comply with established procedures, GCEF requires adequate time to fully consider each application.  Please keep this timing in mind when applying for funding.  Grant requests must be received at least two months prior to a scheduled program date.


Grant Application Procedures

Applicants must use the GCEF grant application when applying for funding.  The application may be downloaded from the GCEF website ( All applications must be submitted electronically. 


Garrison School faculty and staff:

GUFS faculty/staff must submit the grant request electronically to the Garrison School Principal for approval.  Once the Principal has approved the application she will forward the grant application and his approval to the GCEF Grants Chair via email, who will then acknowledge receipt of the grant application electronically to the applicant and the School Principal.

Allison Emig, Principal

Garrison Union Free School


Nicold Donaldson, Grants Chair

Garrison Children’s Education Fund


Applicants who are not Garrison School faculty and staff:

Please submit applications electronically to:


Nicole Donaldson, Grants Chair

Garrison Children’s Education Fund


Receipt of the application will be acknowledged electronically.  The Grants Chair will review the grant request and may initiate communication with the school administration about the purpose and/or practicality of all non-staff grant requests.  Non-staff applicants whose grants require school involvement are encouraged to discuss their proposals with the administration prior to submitting an application for funding.

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